STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1593
RE: H.B. No. 485
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 485, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to increase the amount of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from one individual.
Written comments in opposition were received from the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Avis Budget Group, Castle Hospitality Group, and Enterprise Holdings.
The Department of Taxation and Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted written comments on the measure.
Your Committee finds that increasing the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax by a modest amount will help to offset the many impacts of tourism and rental motor vehicle use in the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the amount of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax from an unspecified amount to $5.25 per day; and
(2) Changing the effective date to January 1, 2022.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 485, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 485, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair